Charging Forward: These Manufacturers are Going Electric

The automotive industry is abuzz with news about electric vehicles overtaking major manufacturer’s lineups. Several major brands have already announced when they’ll be producing only electric vehicles- some brands will be fully electric in the next ten years. The OneRequest team compiled a list of notable brands planning to go all electric, along with some other exciting EV announcements.

Chevrolet (2035)- 2022 Bolt EUV and EV

Chevrolet is following the lead of its parent company, General Motors, which plans to produce only electric vehicles by 2035. Chevrolet is releasing the new Bolt EUV and redesigned Bolt EV in 2022.  Both models have an estimated range of about 250 miles, available driver assistance technology, and one pedal driving capability.

The Bolt lineup isn’t Chevrolet’s only plan for electrifying its models. Chevrolet plans to release an all-electric Silverado truck with an estimated range of over 400 miles on a single charge! We don’t know much yet, but we’ll be here to give you all the details as soon as we get them.

GMC (2035)- 2022 Hummer EV Pickup and SUV

Hummer, revived as a sub-brand of GMC, is also following GM’s lead and plans to be all-EV by 2035. GMC plans to release an all-electric Hummer Pickup available in 2021 and SUV available in 2023. The Hummer offers a range of over 300 miles on both the SUV and Pickup, adjustable air suspension, and a feature that allows it to drive diagonally (like a Wonkavator!) for maneuvering tight spaces. The Hummers are currently the only GMC EVs that have been announced to the public, but we expect to see other electrified GMC trucks and SUVs soon!

Cadillac (2030)- 2023 Lyriq

2023 Lyriq

Unlike GMC and Chevrolet, Cadillac will go fully electric by 2030, 5 years earlier than GM. The 2023 Lyriq is Cadillac’s first EV. With over 300 miles of range on a full charge and at-home charging rates of up to 52 miles of range per charging hour, the Lyriq is ready for all your adventures. It also offers Super Cruise driver assistance technology and choreographed LED lighting.

The Lyriq is currently Cadillac’s only EV offering but it has plans for an electric sedan called the Celestiq. The Celestiq will only be custom-built in limited numbers though, and Cadillac has not announced a date for production.

Ford (Carbon Neutral by 2050)- 2022 F-150 Lightning and 2021 Mustang Mach-E

Ford has not announced when it will go fully electric, but it plans to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. The F-150 Lightning will release in 2022. It has an estimated range of 230 miles, off-road capability, and a maximum towing capability of 10,000 pounds.

The electrified Mustang Mach-E released in 2021 and is Ford’s first fully electric vehicle. The Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning are the only Ford EVs that are known to the public, but we anticipate many more EVs from Ford in the future.

Volvo (2030)- 2022 C40 Recharge and 2021 XC40 Recharge

Volvo plans to produce only full-electric cars by 2030. The 2022 C40’s 200-mile range, built-in Google technology, and leather-free interior make it a stunning edition to Volvo’s growing EV line-up. Volvo released the XC40 Recharge, its first pure electric compact SUV, in 2021.  Volvo plans for 50% of its models to be electric by 2025, so we are sure to see more EV models soon!   

Audi (2026)- 2022 Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron

By 2026, all Audi models will be electrified. It plans to phase out the production of internal combustion engines by 2033 and achieve zero emissions by 2050. Audi’s e-tron line offers a wide variety of electric and hybrid models, including both SUVs and sedans. The 2022 Q4 and the 2022 Q4 Sportback are Audi’s latest additions to the e-tron family. The e-tron family is growing, which means we’re sure to see more EVs from Audi.

Honda (2040)- 2024 Prologue

To kick off Honda’s efforts towards its goal of a zero-emission EV lineup by 2040, it announced the Honda Prologue set to hit markets in 2024. Honda’s partnership with General Motors made the Prologue possible! GM’s Ultium battery packs, the same ones that power the Cadillac Lyriq and the GMC Hummer EVs, will power Honda’s new electrified SUV. Not much is known about the Prologue yet, but we’re excited to learn more about Honda’s new EV!


This list is just a sampling of the many manufacturers going electric in the next several decades. With both new models and electrified classics, we’re sure to see more EVs on the road soon. Thinking of electrifying your ride? Use OneRequest to find your new EV.

Automotive Seller’s Marketplace Makes Car Selling Easy

Selling your car can be even more overwhelming than buying a car. Do I trust one dealer’s offer? How do I even let the dealer know that my car is for sale? Should I sell now because of the semiconductor shortage? Wait…what’s a semiconductor? That’s why OneRequest created the Seller’s Marketplace. This free-to-use platform is the perfect solution for individuals needing to get a car off their hands and for dealers looking to stockpile reliable inventory. 

Jason Reeves had an upcoming move and did not have room to bring along his 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser. He tried selling it for over a month on a variety of popular car marketplace websites: Craigslist, Autotrader, and Facebook Marketplace, just to name a few. As Jason and his family got closer to moving without receiving the offers they expected for the popular Land Cruiser, he realized it was time to enlist professional help. 

Jason listed his 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser on OneRequest’s Seller’s Marketplace. The listing included pictures and key information about the vehicle. Jason described the listing process as “super easy and convenient.” OneRequest’s team of car professionals reached out to dealerships on Jason’s behalf to find a great deal and…BOOM! Within one day, OneRequest had helped him sell his Land Cruiser. “I tried to sell it myself for over a month and then gave it over to OneRequest and I think OneRequest had it sold in a day or less than that,” Jason said. 

The Seller’s Marketplace provides value to both Requesters and Providers alike. While the automotive industry faces unprecedented inventory issues (shameless plug: check out our recent blog post on the topic, EXPLAINED: Automotive Industry Inventory Shortage), the OneRequest Seller marketplace gives Providers an inventory pipeline and Requesters an easy way to monetize their cars in this frothy market. Jason shared that the Seller’s Marketplace allowed him to sell his vehicle quickly and easily. “It was a great experience from start to finish,” he said. 

If you’re like Jason and you have a vehicle to sell, list it on OneRequest’s Seller’s Marketplace. This free tool will make your car selling process easier than ever. 

How to Optimize Your Test Drive

After finding the perfect car using OneRequest (*hint, hint*), the next step is to take it for a test drive. For many people, a test drive is the most critical part of the car shopping experience, and it is often the last box to check before signing on the dotted line. The OneRequest team is here to help you get the most out of your next test drive.

Get Comfortable!

The test drive is a preview into what your daily driving experience will be like, so get the car how you want it. Adjust the driver’s seat, mirrors, steering wheel height, and anything else to make the ride comfortable and tailored to you. How are the cupholders? Can they hold your 48-ounce soda from QT? Is there a logical place to set your phone? Think through your daily driving routine.

Become Familiar with the Controls and Test the Technology

Explore all of the controls of the vehicle. If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to ask the seller or dealer to explain the controls to you. Take note of the dashboard layout. Confirm that you can find and access all controls easily. Play around with the radio, A/C, navigation system, and any other comfort features. Can you maneuver through all the controls easily while your drive? Or are they difficult to reach or find? Verify that all electric components work both while in motion and while parked. These things matter people!

Shhh… Listen

Note any cabin noise or difficulty talking to passengers at a comfortable volume. Pay attention to any engine noise. Notice how its sounds when idling and at highway speeds. Engines get louder with age- if you notice it during the test drive, you’ll notice it even more as time goes on. Keep your ears open for strange sounds and take note of what you’re doing when you hear them. When you hear a weird noise, ask the seller or dealer to explain it. If you don’t like what they say, ask to have it independently inspected.

Push the Car’s Limits

Drive on city streets and on the highway (or any road you can accelerate above 55 MPH). DISCLAIMER: Follow all traffic laws. This isn’t F9, Vin Diesel.

When on city streets, find some stop-and-go traffic. How does the car feel in these conditions? Do the brakes feel sticky or loose? Are the stops smooth or rough? Take several 90 degree turns and note any resistance or difficulty.

If allowed, find a highway. When entering, accelerate quickly. Note how the car feels when accelerating and shifting gears. Confirm that the steering does not shift to either side. Notice the blind spots. Can you confidently switch lanes with clear visibility?

Practice Parking

Parking is just as important as driving. Practice parking the vehicle in a variety of different ways. Can you back in? If you’re driving a larger vehicle like a truck or SUV, confirm that you can park it comfortably in a standard parking spot.

We’re all guilty of avoiding parallel parking like it’s the plague, but it’s important to make sure you’re able to parallel park your car if necessary.

Practicing parking also allows you to test any safety features it may have like parking sensors or a back-up camera.

Ask Questions

The salesperson should be knowledgeable about the vehicle. Put their knowledge to the test. If there’s something you want to know, ask! It’s important to get all the information you need to make an educated decision. There are no stupid questions on a test drive!


At the end of the day, it’s all about your comfort. You want to buy a car that fits your needs and lifestyle. The first step is searching with OneRequest! Want someone else to do the work for you? Use OneRequest Concierge.

OneRequest Concierge Secures Volkswagen Taos for Father, Daughter Car Shoppers

When you’re in a pinch and need to find a car fast, there is honestly only one solution: OneRequest Concierge. How do we know this? From a story about a family and a car.

Clark Johnson had one week to find a car for his daughter, Lily. If that isn’t a big enough challenge by itself: Clark lives in Kentucky, whereas his daughter lives in Oregon. Let’s just say that car shopping in Oregon is not easy from Kentucky. 

Clark realized early on that he needed help to find Lily her new vehicle. He found OneRequest Concierge online, and quickly realized it was a great way to get assistance with his cross-country car shopping.  Clark shared his short timeline and Lily shared her preferred specifications with their Concierge. The Concierge was able to guide them through the current state of inventory and multi-state car shopping experience. Lily eventually decided on the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos. 

“OneRequest Concierge saved me time and anxiety. I had someone who knew what they were doing, had done this many times, was better than it than I was, working remote,” Clark told the OneRequest team. 

When your car shopping timeline is limited to a week, you need all hands on deck. Once Lily and Clark picked out the vehicle, the Concierge guided them through the paperwork and payment. Clark appreciated the Concierge’s attention to detail and daily availability. 

Lily ended up driving away in the third 2022 Volkswagen Taos sold in the state of Oregon. Since picking up her 2022 Volkswagen Taos, Lily has taken a road trip down the Oregon coast. (Clark might’ve mentioned that he was a tad jealous – we are too!) The Taos is a compact, sporty SUV perfect for road trips and the Oregon environment. Lily is very happy with her new vehicle. Clark is even happier with OneRequest Concierge.

OneRequest Concierge is a perfect car shopping solution for individuals shopping out of state or in a unique situation like the Johnsons. Time is precious, so let the Concierge team shop for your car, while you sit back and relax.

EXPLAINED: Automotive Industry Inventory Shortage

Current car shoppers are experiencing the automotive inventory shortage firsthand. New vehicles are few and far between. Used vehicle prices are skyrocketing and trade-in values are unheard-of. Dealership sales lots look like empty parking lots. Why is there an inventory shortage? What is a semiconductor anyway? Never fear! OneRequest is here to help you navigate the shortage and shop smarter, not harder.

Why is there an inventory shortage?

Like just about everything since March 2020, you can start in one place: the pandemic. Like the rest of the world, auto manufacturing plants temporarily shut their doors last year. Now that life is returning to “normal” (whatever that means these days), the demand for cars is ramping back up and the auto industry and its semiconductor suppliers are struggling to meet surging demand. Nearly every automotive brand has shut down at least a portion of its operations during 2021 due to a lack of available semiconductors.

Also, it is important to remember that the auto industry isn’t the only industry competing for these chips. Just about every electronic device you can think of is powered by semiconductors: mobile phones, batteries, and all those laptops everyone bought last year to work from home. While the auto industry halted production, semiconductor sales in other industries skyrocketed. The auto industry is just one of many in line for more semiconductors. It’s a long line right now.

What is a semiconductor?

We could write an entire blog post about the complex characteristics of a semiconductor, but we’ll keep it simple. Semiconductors–sometimes referred to simply as chips–do exactly what their name implies: they conduct electricity between a conductor and an insulator, which is a material where an electric current does not flow freely. Nearly every electronic feature of new cars is powered by semiconductors: lane detectors, back-up camera sensors, airbags, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking are just a few examples. Without semiconductors, it’s back to the old days of no radio and crank windows (also no GPS—maybe that’s a good thing?). But we digress…

Semiconductors don’t just power safety and entertainment features. They are critical in the function of the engine, transmission, and, well, just about every component of a car. Cars in 2021 are essentially computers on wheels.  Electric and hybrid vehicles have even more components powered by semiconductors. Without these chips, new cars are virtually inoperable.

How is the shortage affecting the used car market?

Used cars aren’t directly impacted by the chip shortage, but dealers are paying top dollar for used cars to fill their lots. This is great news if you’re looking to sell! On the flip side, it’s not so great if you’re looking to buy. Due to short supply and elevated demand, used car prices have gone through the roof. Some buyers are paying more than a used vehicle’s original MSRP.

What does this mean for me as a car shopper?

The inventory shortage is complex and constantly changing. Buying a new car is difficult enough during normal times, and buying one during an inventory shortage can seem virtually impossible. From increased prices to decreased inventory, the chip shortage makes an already less than enjoyable process even more stressful.

If you’re looking for a new car, the chip shortage will make it more difficult to find exactly what you want and get it fast. If you’re buying used, you may have to spend more than you anticipated to close the deal.


How can OneRequest help?

If you’ve been on a car lot lately, you may have noticed less cars than usual, but OneRequest allows you to search the nation’s inventory to find your new car. With OneRequest’s anonymous communication feature, you don’t have to worry about being bombarded with calls, texts, and emails.

Prefer to have someone complete the entire car buying process for you? Try OneRequest Concierge. We find your car, negotiate with dealers, work through trade-in details, figure out transportation, and explore financing options while you relax.

Looking to take advantage of the demand for used cars and sell your vehicle? Use OneRequest’s “Sell My Car” feature! We shop your vehicle to our network of dealers while keeping your personal information private. You choose the offer that works for you, and we connect you to the dealer.

New vs. Used: Which is Right for Me?

Before you can pick out seat covers and bumper stickers for your new ride, start simple. Do you want a new car or a used car? This binary, yet deceptively complex, choice can be agonizing and overwhelming, but you’re in luck! OneRequest is here for you with the definitive list of factors to consider when deciding between a new or used vehicle.

Cost

First up: cost! The price tag tends to heavily impact the decision to buy new or used, so we had to mention it right off the bat. If you can, set aside the current automotive market turmoil, and pay heed to the one reliable truism in car shopping: used cars are cheaper than new cars.

Like most things in life, however, the “cost” of your car isn’t quite that simple. While used cars are cheaper up front, they may be more expensive in the long run due to increased maintenance, exorbitant insurance, or unfriendly financing terms. Whether you buy new or used, it is important to understand how factors beyond the sticker price impact you long-term. Here are two biggies.

Financing. New cars are more likely to have attractive financing options that include low APRs, low (or no) interest rates, or cash back. Used cars typically have more limited financing options, but financing for used cars can be more accessible for buyers with poor credit. To finance a new car, you usually need a strong credit score.

While used cars have fewer financing options and higher interest rates, but you may have a significantly smaller loan amount than you would with a new car (due to the lower purchase price). But be careful! Some lenders only finance used cars that fit strict requirements like a specific number of miles or a maximum age. Look into financing terms on your desired model and year before buying.

Depreciation. Cars depreciate the second they’re driven off the lot. It is estimated that vehicles lose almost half their value in the first five years of ownership. When you buy a used car, the original owner has already taken the biggest depreciation hit, so your used vehicle depreciates more slowly for a much lower price.

Features

Newer cars have newer technology. Shocking, we know! From navigation to audio, nearly every entertainment feature has drastically changed over the years (try finding a new car with a 6-disc CD changer). Depending on the year, some used cars may not have the latest and greatest safety and entertainment features.  But hey, we won’t judge if you’d rather use a reliable paper map instead of a digital navigation system (just don’t use it while driving).

Customization. New cars are virtually customizable. Buying a new car allows you to choose color, trim packages, comfort features, and other specifications. Used vehicles are more limited. You may have to sacrifice your preferred color choice for specific features, lower mileage, or a pristine vehicle history. To state the obvious: you can’t really build and price a used car.

Safety. As time goes on, safety standards change. Newer cars have more safety feature requirements than used cars. Newer vehicles may have better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, too. When buying a used car, it’s important to make sure the car has all the safety features you need; just because the car used, doesn’t make it unsafe (unless it’s a Ford Pinto… yikes!). It’s easy to find slightly used cars that have all the safety features you want, especially in the certified pre-owned market. Prioritizing which features are must-haves can help you determine if you should buy new or used.

Maintenance and Reliability

New vehicles typically don’t require routine maintenance for several thousand miles. Used cars, however, may need more frequent maintenance. Big ticket items such as new tires, brakes, or a battery can add up. New cars are under a manufacturer warranty, giving you peace of mind that the manufacturer will fix any mechanical problems you have. Warranties on used cars, if any, are generally very limited in coverage.

After a vehicle has been on the road for a few years, you can figure out exactly what issues it may have through observation and research. If you see concerning information about recalls or faulty workmanship, steer clear! When buying a new vehicle, you risk figuring out about problems by experiencing them. In some cases, new vehicles can be less reliable than used vehicles.  More time on the road allows manufacturers to understand exactly how technology performs long-term.


Ultimately, there are pros and cons to purchasing a new or used car. It’s up to you to decide which option works best for you. Know what you want? Start your Request here! Need some more help? Use OneRequest Concierge.

June 2021 New Cars on the Block

What a month! Automotive brands have been busy announcing and releasing vehicles to capture wandering summer eyes. This month’s New Cars on the Block features new SUVs, trucks, sedans, and even a hatchback (yes, those are still a thing). Let’s get the people what they want… the cars!

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick

Is Ford bringing mini trucks back? Possibly! Wait, were mini trucks ever here? Yes? Yes! The release of the 2022 Ford Maverick caused an uproar in the truck community. This all-new truck has a starting MSRP of $19,995, which is unheard of for a truck…until now! With an estimated 40 mpg in the city, the Ford Maverick is a top competitor for most fuel-efficient truck on the market, as well as most affordable. Top Gun 2: Maverick comes out in November. Coincidence? You be the judge. 

2022 Lexus NX 350

2022 Lexus NX 350

Say hello to the new and improved Lexus NX – a serious upgrade for a serious car. This vehicle is Lexus’s first with a brand spanking new, cutting edge Lexus Interface multimedia system on a 14-inch touchscreen. Talk about a tech upgrade! Drivers in the 2022 Lexus NX 350 get to also enjoy the luxury crossover’s refined exterior. This includes a new spindle grille, the Lexus rear badging, and an elevated exterior body shape. 

2022 Kia Telluride

2022 Kia Telluride

Drum roll, please! Meet the 2022 Kia Telluride. This popular SUV incorporates slight additions and upgrades on the exterior and interior. Most notably, however, the 2022 Telluride features Kia’s new badging on the front and rear. The size of its navigation display has been increased to 10.25 inches. The award-winning SUV also comes with fully automatic temperature control and highway driving assist to give the driver total control on the vehicle. 

2022 Toyota Tacoma

2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Off-roading just reached a new level! Toyota and truck fans alike are going crazy over the new 2022 Toyota Tacoma. Offered in two trim levels, TRD Pro and Trail Edition 4×4, the Toyota Tacoma is perfect for off-roading pros. This new truck comes with an increased suspension lift of 1.5 inches in the front and 0.5 inches in the rear. Drivers can also look forward to new wheels with styling accents to set them apart on the road. And wow—that electric green pops!

2022 Audi A3 & S3

2022 Audi S3

Audi announced not one, but two new vehicles. The 2022 Audi A3 and 2022 Audi S3. Yes, those are incredibly similar names (we admit to occasionally having letter+number car naming fatigue around here at OneRequest). And yes, we will break down the differences. The all-new Audi A3 includes an upgraded interior and exterior design. The all-new Audi S3 is the same as the A3, but with an added sport element and a wider frame than previous models.  Basically, the S3 would beat the A3 in a race.

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback

2022 Honda Civic Hatchback

Honda unveiled the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, its most recent addition to the Civic lineup. The all-new Civic Hatchback has a sporty design with an available 6-speed manual transmission (a rarity these days). The exterior takes cues from Euro-inspired designs, while the interior provides drivers with ample storage space. Honda also announced that the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback will be the first built in the U.S. at the Honda Indiana auto plant. 


If you’re ready to upgrade your ride, try out OneRequest. Our search and shop platform allows you to inquire anonymously about vehicles. (That’s right – you won’t have to worry about overwhelming sales calls and emails.) Visit https://onerequest.com to get started! 

Retro Cars Strike Back

Unabashedly taking a page from movie studios’ obsession with recycled IP, it seems like nearly every manufacturer is bringing back at least one iconic(ish) model from the past. From the Ford Bronco to the Chevrolet Blazer, several retro vehicles are making their way back into the spotlight in 2021. As always, OneRequest is here to keep you updated on all things automotive (and cool and retro). Here are a few notable veterans coming out of retirement to storm onto the automotive scene.

Ford Bronco

How could we NOT mention the iconic Ford Bronco? The first generation of the Ford Bronco released in 1966. The popular Sport SUV had five generations before being replaced by the Expedition in 1996. Fans love the SUV’s rugged looks, youthful agility and smooth ride. For years, Bronco enthusiasts begged Ford to bring the popular SUV back. Ford finally revamped the beloved Bronco in 2020. The new Bronco pays homage to its original build—minus those sweet whitewalls—and is impossible not to love!

Volkswagen Bus

The first VW Microbus was available in the United States in 1952 and remains an iconic representation of the groovy 1960s, social change and the hippie movement. Drivers loved the low maintenance and spacious interior. Some loved it so much they lived in it! Though the VW Bus has not been sold in the United States since 2003, the last Volkswagen Bus was produced in 2013 in Brazil…until now. The new ELECTRIC Volkswagen Bus (now named the ID.BUZZ) is set to begin production in 2022 and will hit US markets in 2023. Will the ID.BUZZ echo its ancestor and be an engine of social change as the automotive market shifts towards a more eco-friendly future?

Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra initially ran from 1979 to 1998. The Supra began as an extension of the Cecilia and later became a stand-alone model in 1986. The Supra was the “common man’s sports car.” After its starring role in Fast and Furious, the Supra became a sensation. After several years of teasing, Toyota released a new model in 2019. Toyota vowed to create a Supra that honors the legacy of the original and pleases the fans. We think the new 2021 model does just that!

Honda Passport

Fun fact: The original Honda Passport was just an Isuzu Rodeo with slight modifications. The Honda Passport, which was Honda’s first SUV, was sold from 1994 to 2002. The Passport got the ball rolling for Honda’s now vast offering of SUVS. The Passport made its triumphant return in 2019 and is a pillar of Honda’s current SUV offerings. Both the original Passport and the new are designed for adventurers. Even with its sleek new look, the 2021 Honda Passport honors the outdoorsy, ruggedness of the original.

Chevrolet Blazer

The first Blazer was released in 1969 to compete with the Ford Bronco. The original model had a full-size pick-up frame, giving it a much roomier interior than its competitors. In 1999, Chevrolet released the Trailblazer trim package as a spinoff from the Blazer, and the Trailblazer eventually morphed into its own model in 2002. (Wait…what’s the difference between a Blazer and a Trailblazer? Bonus points if you send us an answer on social media). The first run of the Chevy Blazer ended with the 2006 model, but it returned in 2019 with a whole new look and attitude. What was once a rugged SUV is now a sleek crossover!


Though they may look a bit different, these models are back and ready to roll! The best part about them? You can find them here! Which retro vehicle is your favorite?

Iconic Fast & Furious Cars

According to the internet (which, of course, never lies) there are 12 Fast & Furious movies. Not one, not two… 12! That includes full-length and spin off films, with more scheduled down the road. We rounded up an iconic ride from each major film in honor of the newest Fast & Furious movie, “F9,” which hits theaters (movie theaters, yeah!) this Friday, June 25, 2021. Let us know on social media which car from “F9” will be the next iconic Fast & Furious ride.  

1970 Dodge Charger R/T
“The Fast and The Furious” (2001)

1970 Dodge Charger R/T – Universal Pictures

The most infamous Fast & Furious car is, hands down, the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. Dominic, one of the franchise’s main characters, built this car with his dad when he was young. In the movies, this car is known for its 900 horsepower and record-setting speed. A franchise mainstay, you can catch glimpses of this muscle car masterpiece in many of the films. 

2001 Honda S2000
“2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)

2001 Honda S2000 – Universal Pictures

This pink 2001 Honda S2000 is hard to miss. Suki drives this car in a race, where she’s in last for the majority, until she pulls past fellow competitors in a death-defying bridge jump. The car sustains damage but lived to fight another day—and it was an eye-catcher the entire scene. 

1997 Mazda RX-7
“The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006)

1997 Mazda RX-7 – Universal Pictures

This vehicle is one of Han Seoul-Oh’s main rides in “Tokyo Drift.” The 1997 Mazda RX-7 is raced through Downtown Tokyo. Unfortunately, it ends up flipped after being T-boned and explodes. 

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
“Fast & Furious” (2009)

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS – Universal Pictures

Dominic drives this classic car multiple times in “The Fast and the Furious” and “Fast & Furious.” The Chevrolet Chevelle SS is red the first time it appears in “The Fast and the Furious.” Dominic ends up changing the paint color to a metal gray in “Fast & Furious” before a race. 

2009 Dodge Charger SRT-8
“Fast Five” (2011)

2009 Dodge Charger SRT-8 – Universal Pictures

Dominic purchases this 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 with some earnings from a recent heist. After driving the Dodge Challenger to Brian O’Conner’s house, the two decide to race. Dominic   drives the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 and Brian drives his 2010 Nissan GT-R R35. 

1971 Jensen Interceptor
“Fast & Furious 6” (2013)

1971 Jensen Interceptor – Universal Pictures

The 1971 Jensen Interceptor only makes a small cameo, but it’s an incredibly unique vehicle, so we had to mention it. Letty Ortiz uses the Jensen Interceptor to create a distraction in one scene while Dominic and Luke pursue a different vehicle. When the OneRequest team gets invited to Fast and Furious 13, this is the one we are driving.

2005 Aston Martin DB9
“Furious 7” (2015)

2005 Aston Martin DB9 – Universal Pictures

Dominic drives his previously mentioned 1970 Dodge Charger R/T to meet up with Deckard Shaw. Deckard is waiting in his 2005 Aston Martin DB9. The two end up ramming their cars into each other, ultimately destroying both vehicles. Worth it? Probably not. Did it make for a great movie scene? Definitely! 

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
“The Fate of the Furious” (2017)

Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 – Universal Pictures

Roman Pierce drove the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 in “The Fate of the Furious.” Roman first discovers the Lamborghini in the FBI’s car garage in New York City, but doesn’t get to drive it until a pursuit in Russia. As seen in the picture, he’s driving across snow and ice causing him to end up in the water. This is one of many million dollar cars to end up in shambles thanks to the adventurous driving in the Fast & Furious franchise. 

“F9” – In Theaters June 25, 2021

Did we miss a car? Let us know on social! (Let’s be real – each of these movies could have its own post, so a few rides probably slipped through the cracks.) 


Self-Service Car Wash Tips

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your ride cleaned up and ready for your adventures! Not only are self-service car washes cost-effective, but they also allow you to focus on the details that make your car look shiny and clean.  Plus, it’s extra satisfying to see your car looking perfect when you washed it by hand. The OneRequest team compiled a list of tips for maximizing your time at a self-service car wash.

It’s All About Prep

Self-service car washes generally charge by the minute. Maximize your time by cleaning out any garbage or personal items before you go.

A quick dusting goes a long way. If your car is particularly dirty, dust both the interior and exterior with a high-quality car duster.

Don’t forget to gather up those quarters! It’s always smart to be prepared in case a car wash doesn’t accept card payment.

Bring Your Own Supplies

Consider bringing your own brushes and sponges to prevent scratching your car’s paint with grit and dirt left from the previous customer. We also recommend bringing soft cloths for drying and buffing, a bucket and a soft sponge, and a squeegee for windows. Additional items to bring include interior cleaning supplies for leather and upholstery and a multipurpose cleaner for the dashboard.

Understand the Settings

Car washes usually provide detailed instructions for how to use the wash features. Using products and settings incorrectly could leave your car dirtier than before your wash. Review the instructions to optimize your car wash experience!

Extreme water pressure can also damage your paint. Use a medium-pressure hose setting and don’t stand too close. Stand three to five feet back from your car. If you’re getting wet, back up!

The car community has varying opinions about using the pre-soak setting. Some say it’s just diluted soap at a lower pressure setting. Others hail it as one of the most important parts of a car wash. It’s up to you to decide your opinion on the “controversial” pre-soak debate.

Scrub the Right Way

Using hard bristle brushes can severely damage your vehicle’s exterior. Using a sponge or a cloth to handwash your car is much safer and won’t cause any damage. Scrub your car from top to bottom so that the dirt moves downward instead of spreading to areas you’ve already cleaned.

Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!

Thoroughly rinsing is one of the most important parts of a car wash. Car wash soaps contain chemicals that can damage your paint if not properly rinsed off. Start at the top of your vehicle and work your way down with the hose. Focus on the vehicle’s cracks, seams, and corners.

Dry With Purpose

Take the time to properly dry your car from top to bottom with a microfiber cloth. Microfiber is much less abrasive than household towels made of cotton or polyester. This type of cloth is also more absorbent, saving you time and effort.  We promise, it’s worth it! Your car will look shinier and won’t have those pesky hard water spots!


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